Last Minute Lemon Cupcakes

by Jen on April 18, 2014 in food,recipe

Sometimes we just don’t have a whole lot of time to bake. Life is busy, priorities pile up and baking can take the back seat. However, there is something lovely about bringing a fresh baked treat to a holiday gathering, to a friend’s house or to the kids’ school bake sale. That’s exactly why I love these last minute lemon cupcakes.lemon cupcakes

All you need is a box of vanilla cake mix and a couple of lemons (okay, you have to make the icing…but still that’s pretty easy). The fresh lemon elevates your average boxed cake mix into a baked good that everyone will love. 

Last Minute Lemon Cupcakes
Delicious lemon cupcakes with fresh lemon icing.
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  1. Box of vanilla cake mix
  2. 2 lemons
  3. 1/2 cup room temperature butter
  4. 2 cups icing sugar
  5. 1 tbsp milk
  6. edible decoration/candy
For the cupcakes
  1. Mix the cupcake batter according to the package instructions.
  2. Stir in the zest of 1 lemon and 2 tbsp of lemon juice.
  3. Bake cupcakes according to the package instructions. Set aside to cool completely.
For the icing
  1. Combine butter, icing sugar, milk, zest of 1 lemon and 1 tbsp lemon juice with a mixer. Beat until the icing sugar has completely dissolved and the icing is smooth. You may need to add more icing sugar or lemon juice to achieve the consistency you want.
  2. Scoop the icing into a large resealable plastic bag, cut a small piece off the corner...this is your piping bag.
  3. Pipe the icing on to each cupcake. Alternately, use a knife to spread icing on each cupcake.
  4. Place and edible decoration or candy on top of each cupcake, if you like.
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The next time you run out of time to get your baking done, skip the bakery section of the grocery store…instead grab a box of cake mix and create something really special. Switch things up and use lime or coconut…why not? What flavours would you try? It is really easy to take something so simple and make it beautiful and delicious.lemon cupcakes 2

Disclosure – I am participating in the Life Made Delicious Ambassador Program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.


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